Live Review: Farewell at the Oxford Academy (26th October)

By on Monday, 27th October 2008 at 6:48 am

“What do you guys call boogers over here?” Marshall Davies, lead singer of Farewell asked the audience at Oxford Academy part way through their set. This question along with other comments built up the gaps between the songs as they grew more comfortable in front of us.

The set was opened with “Stay Pretty”, a song that has just the right amount of energy to get everyone to start dancing. The song was immediately followed with a typical American “what’s up?” and a small introduction of themselves with a big thank you to the audience for coming. From there they leaped into a lively set involving the audience and getting everyone moving.

As to be expected, there were was a plentiful dose of screaming teenage girls, but the Farewell lads took it in their stride and kept going – like all good gigs getting everybody hot and a little bit sweaty.

The half way point of their set was the track “Hey Heather” at which point they introduced the song by asking who was in the room that was called Heather. A few hands went up and from there the boys jumped into their song with the last words being “Well this ones for you then.”

From there, Farewell said they were going to do a slower track that was also on the album, and if we have the record, can we sing along. If not then “buy the record!” Marshall joked – though people obviously had been buying up copies as they were completely sold out before the group had even got on stage.

The penultimate song of their set was their latest track to be released: “Eighty-Eights” (out since 20th October); however nobody mentioned that it was their latest release. Despite having given the set their all so far, the lads kept going giving a bubbly rendition of the track followed by giving everything to the last track of the set: “First One On The Blog”.

For a band’s debut tour in the UK, Farewell have clearly built up a good following over the internet and by word of mouth as many of the people at the concert recognised them and knew the songs – despite mainly being there to see YouMeAtSix who Farewell were supporting throughout the tour of England. Their performance exceeded expectations however, this was probably down to the fact they’re well through their tour now and getting close to going home. If you can catch them before they hop back over the pond to America, I would.

Farewell played:

Stay Pretty
Anchors Away
Hey Heather
Cut You A New Smile
First One on the Blog

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